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Classic Vietnam: ex Hanoi

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8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,313

Experience the essential Vietnam in one week visiting vibrant Ho Chi Min City, colourful Hoi An and the attractive capital, Hanoi. Find out what Vietnam is all about in one week.


Enjoy the highlights of this fast emerging destination. There are teeming cities, time worn temples and pagodas, second to none white sand beaches, history, recent and ancient, lush green mountains and much more.

Starting in Hanoi the capital, you will find a mix of east and west due to its wide boulevards and French influences.  Here visit Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum where his embalmed body lies in state.  Also visit the nearby museum to learn more about the man. In the afternoon, visit the charming and lovely One Pillar Pagoda, the Temple of Literature dating back to the 11th Century and the uniquely designed Opera House.  Finally, take a stroll through the ancient quarter called the 36 Streets all traditionally named after artisans and craftsmen.

Fly from Hanoi to Danang and take time to enjoy the Cham Museum with its large collection of sculptures after which head to Hoi An viewing en route the Marble Mountains and China Beach.

Hoi An is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is a historical port where the old town is a maze of interesting narrow streets and alleyways. Here you will start with a walking tour to explore Hoi An. Here you will start with a walking tour to explore Hoi An. The next day, visit the local market to buy ingredients for a 2 hour cooking class in which you will prepare a meal and then enjoy it for lunch. The restaurant is reached by boat along the Hoi An River.

Return to Danang for the flight to Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, bustling with life – just watch a scooter go by with a family of five hanging on. Its many markets sell everything from silk to spices and the city is dotted with temples. Start with a tour of the city; see the Notre Dame Cathedral the uniquely designed Post Office, Reunification Hall (formerly the Presidential Palace) and the History Museum. Later, visit to the infamous Cu Chi Tunnels, an elaborate underground system of tunnels and chambers built in the 1940’s and used again in the 1960’s to evade the foreign enemy. 


 

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Duration
8 Days
Prices From:
US$ 1,313

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Day 1

Hanoi Airport to City Hotel

Duration1 Hour

Chalcedony Hotel

Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site amenities include a rooftop restaurant, coffee lounge, business centre and gym. Complimentary internet is provided.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Chalcedony Hotel

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    Chalcedony Hotel



    Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site ...

    Chalcedony Hotel is located in the centre of Hanoi's Old Quarter, just a 3-minute walk from Dong Xuan central market and 10 minutes from Hoan Kiem Lake. The hotel offers 73 spacious, contemporary rooms with easy access to restaurants, shopping areas and historical sites. On-site amenities include a rooftop restaurant, coffee lounge, business centre and gym. Complimentary internet is provided.

    Facilities

    • 24 Hour Security
    • Baby Sitting Service
    • Baggage storage
    • Bar
    • Broadband Internet
    • Business Centre
    • Camera System on Public Areas
    • Coffee Lounge
    • Doctor on Call
    • Elevator
    • Foreign Currency Exchange
    • Gym
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Meeting Rooms
    • Newspapers
    • Restaurant
    • Travel Desk
    • Wireless Broadband Internet

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Day 2

Full Day Hanoi City Tour including Lunch

Today, enjoy a full-day city tour of Hanoi. First, visit Ba Dinh Square, where silent sentries guard Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum (closed Mondays and Fridays, and in October and November). See the simple cottage where Uncle Ho lived and worked, then visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum, a tribute to the much-loved father of the country and to Vietnam's independence. French colonial architecture is a feature of Hanoi, and the nearby former Governor's Residence is a fine example, as is the One Pillar Pagoda. Continue on to the serene Temple of Literature, built in 1070 and dedicated to Confucius. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the recently restored Opera House, then pass by Hoan Kiem Lake ("Lake of the Restored Sword"). Next, take a walk through the charming streets of the Ancient Quarter, still a thriving market community today, and an ideal spot to pick up inexpensive and unique souvenirs. You'll notice street names such as Sugar Street, Tin Street and Paper Street.

Duration7 Hours
Day 3

City Hotel to Hanoi Airport

Duration1 Hour

Hanoi Airport to Hue Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Hue Airport to City Hotel

Duration30 Minutes

Half Day Perfume River Cruise to Thien Mu Pagoda and Imperial Citadel With Lunch

Enjoy one of the most notable features of Hue, the meandering Perfume (Huong) River that divides the city. As both the Imperial Citadel and the Thien Mu Pagoda are situated on the river banks, boating on a simple, yet comfortable, vessel offers you a relaxing alternative to the Imperial Hue tour. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Duration4 Hours

Eldora Hue Hotel

Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions. This hotel is the best base to start your exploration of Hue .

Luxury and attention to details are what you'll experience at the first moment you arrive to the Hotel. Offering exquisite style, spacious guestrooms, and most importantly, seamlessly intuitive service and personalised comfort, Eldora boutique hotel is an ideal getaway for leisure and business travellers alike.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration1 Night
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Eldora Hue Hotel

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    Eldora Hue Hotel



    Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions. This hotel is the best base to start your exploration of Hue . Luxury and attention to details are what you'll experience at the first moment you arrive to the Hotel. ...

    Located in the heart of the city within walking distance to many tourist attractions. This hotel is the best base to start your exploration of Hue .

    Luxury and attention to details are what you'll experience at the first moment you arrive to the Hotel. Offering exquisite style, spacious guestrooms, and most importantly, seamlessly intuitive service and personalised comfort, Eldora boutique hotel is an ideal getaway for leisure and business travellers alike.

    Facilities

    • Coffee/Tea Making Facilities
    • Internet Access
    • Non-Smoking Rooms

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Day 4

Half Day Emperors of Contrast by Road to Tu Duc and Khai Dinh Tomb

The hills surrounding Hue are dotted with the tombs of the Nguyen dynasty emperors. Built not only as an eternal resting place, the tombs were designed for recreation; somewhere the Emperor could fish, hunt and enjoy the company of concubines in his twilight years. Your tour combines visits to two of the most contrasting tombs. First, you will visit the tomb of Emperor Tu Duc, resplendent in traditional architecture, paved walkways, resting pavilions overlooking tranquil lotus ponds, and a small forest for hunting. In stark contrast, you will continue on to Khai Dinh's Tomb. Remembered as the "Puppet Emperor" because of his affiliation with the French, this tomb was designed with colonial flair, and a glass mosaic frieze dominates the interior.

Duration3 Hours

Hue to Hoi An With Visit To Lang Co Village En-route

Depart Hue and travel overland to Hoi An via Cloudy Pass, with a visit to the idyllic fishing village of Lang Co en-route.

Duration4 Hours

Hoi An Historic Hotel

Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town. Room design discards the minimalist fad of recent years. The hotel also offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and tour desk.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Hoi An Historic Hotel

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    Hoi An Historic Hotel



    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the ...

    Established in 1991, the Hoi An Hotel is admired for its location, charm, and world-class facilities. Guests can access stunning Cua Dai beach, 4km East, by hopping on a shuttle bus that runs on the fifteen minutes. It is also a quick walk to the Old Town. Room design discards the minimalist fad of recent years. The hotel also offers use of a vast, outdoor pool with poolside recliners, Jacuzzi, tennis courts, souvenir shop and art gallery, beauty salon and tour desk.

    Facilities

    • Art Gallery
    • Badminton Court
    • Bar(s)
    • Bicycles
    • Business Centre
    • Conference Facilities
    • Currency Exchange
    • Daycare/Babysitting Service
    • Gift Shop
    • Gym/Fitness Centre
    • Hair/Beauty Salon
    • Internet Access
    • Laundry/Dry Cleaning Service
    • Lounge(s)
    • Mail and Postal Facilities
    • Medical Services
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Spa
    • Tennis

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Half Day Hoi An Walking Tour - Afternoon

Just a short drive from Danang is the unique trading town of Hoi An; a civilization cut off by destroyed rail lines and a silted river, leaving it untouched by war and almost frozen in time. No cars are allowed to pass through Hoi An, rendering it an excellent walking village. You are transferred from your hotel/resort to the town to start your walking tour which includes a visit to Chinese communal houses/pagodas, the unique Japanese covered bridge, architecture reminiscent of traders of a bygone era - Japanese, French, Chinese, and Indian, as well as beautifully preserved ancient houses. You will also have chance to visit the Hoi An local market or shop for art at one of the numerous galleries and enjoy the riverside ambience.

Duration3 Hours
Day 5

Half Day Market Visit and Cooking Classes with Lunch ex Hoi An

Enjoy some fresh juice or Vietnamese coffee at a local cafe before experiencing the cacophony of Hoi An's vibrant marketplace. Here you'll have the chance to interact with local vendors and purchase the ingredients for your cooking lesson. From the market, board a small boat and cruise along the Thu Bon River to the cooking school in the countryside. Hoi An is renowned throughout Vietnam for its culinary specialties, and the cooking class begins with an introduction to some of the region's best-known dishes and a tour of the school's vegetable and herb garden. Afterwards, the local chef will lead you in preparing some of these famous dishes. The cooking class will last approximately 2 hours, finishing with lunch and a short demonstration of Vietnamese vegetable carving and plate decoration.

Duration4 Hours
Day 6

Transfer from Hoi An To Danang Airport with Cham Museum Tour En-route

On route to Danang Airport you willl drive overland and visit the Cham Museum. Situated in a quiet area of Danang City, the Cham Museum was built in 1915. The kingdom of Champa controlled what is now south and central Vietnam from approximately 192 through 1697. At present, the museum houses 297 stone and terracotta sculptural works made between the 7th and the 15th centuries. These are impressive works typical of the Cham culture. From here, continue on to Hoi An, a major Asian trading port in the 17th and 18th centuries with period architecture and relaxed lifestyle.

Duration1 Hour

Da Nang Airport to Ho Chi Minh City Airport

Duration0 Minutes

Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport to City Hotel

Duration45 Minutes

Saigon Hotel

The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and fitness centre.

Meal Plan Full Breakfast
Duration2 Nights
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Saigon Hotel

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    Saigon Hotel


    The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and ...

    The Saigon Hotel is perfectly located right in the bustling commercial and tourist district of Ho Chi Minh City. The hotel offers 86 well-furnished and rooms and suites with wood floors and a mix of traditional and modern decor. Facilities include an in-house restaurant and fitness centre.

    Facilities

    • Airport Transfer
    • Car Rental Service
    • Conference and Banquet
    • Fitness Centre
    • Restaurant
    • Tour Desk

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Day 7

Full Day Cu Chi and Ho Chi Minh City Tour including lunch

Journey out of Ho Chi Minh City to the Cu Chi region, where you will visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defence against the French, and later expanded during the Vietnam war. It was from here that the North Vietnamese waged their guerrilla warfare. You will marvel at their ingenuity and resilience. See secret trapdoors, underground kitchens, living areas and meeting rooms. The more adventurous may explore the deeper second, and even third level tunnels. For those preferring to remain above ground, there is ample opportunity to view excavated areas from above. Your guide will advise you of the length and level of difficulty of each tunnel before entering - some are easily accessed by stairs. We recommend good walking shoes and sun protection for this tour and advise you may get a little dirty!
In the afternoon, enjoy a tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Proceed to the former Presidential Palace, which is now preserved as a museum, including the underground communications bunker headquarters for the Saigon Government during the War. Continue to the History Museum, which houses an excellent display tracing the origins of the indigenous Vietnamese. Visit Notre Dame, an impressive neo-Romanesque cathedral in the centre of city. Lunch is included.

Duration8 Hours
Day 8

City Hotel to Ho Chi Minh Saigon Airport

Duration45 Minutes

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Daily.

PRICE INCLUDES:

7 nights accommodation, domestic flights, transfers, sighseeing with English speaking guide, entrance fees, and meals as indicated.

PRICE EXCLUDES:

Travel insurance, gratuities, items of a personal nature and drinks.

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*Prices are "from", per person, based on twin share in low season. Subject to availability.  

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11 Dec 2017
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